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Woehammer Painting Competition

EDIT: Voting has been open for only a few minutes and I’ve already had to remove multiple votes from the same IP addresses. If these continue those IP addresses will be blacklisted and their votes discounted completely. Currently I have deleted all votes after the first for these. Be sensible people, this is the only warning.

I know I originally said that I would run this on twitter AND the website, but I’ve decided for greater control the voting ill be done through the website only (this way I can delete multiple votes from the same IP).

We’ve had ten fantastic entries to our first ever painting competition sponsored by the lovely people over at SCN Hobby World. Go and subscribe on their website to get 25% off GW products!

But it’s time to close for entries and get the voting under way! Voting will start today and run until 31st December to give everyone plenty of time to vote. The winner will be announced on the 1st January, at which point I will contact them and ask which start collecting or combat patrol box they would like as their prize.

So in the order of submission here are your competition entries! Get voting!

Nick Munro

Steve Milford

Christine Coram

Titusz Skoflek

Nicky Rod

Joseph Isham

Justin Jackson

Jack McQuiggin

Wayne Cooper

Li Bryan

Top Three Lists from Northern Invasion 27th November 2021

These were the top three lists from Northern Invasion held on 27th November 2021.

Liam Watt – Lumineth Realmlords

Liam won the event with five wins from five and 120 tournament points.

Allegiance: Lumineth Realm Lords
Subfaction: Iliatha
Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
Triumphs: Inspired
Leaders
———-
Scinari Cathallar (General) (145 pts)+
– Command Trait: Warmaster
– Artefact: Simulacra Amulet
– Spell: Total Eclipse
Archmage Teclis and Celennar, Spirit of Hysh (740)+

Battleline
———-
Vanari Auralan Wardens (145 pts)+
– Spell: Speed of Hysh
Vanari Auralan Wardens (145 pts)+
– Spell: Lambent Light
Vanari Auralan Sentinels (450 pts)+
– Spell: Total Eclipse
– Reinforced: Twice
Vanari Auralan Sentinels (300 pts)+
– Spell: Lambent Light
– Reinforced: Once

Endless Spells & Invocations
———-
Umbral Spellportal (70 pts)

Core Battalions
———-
Battle Regiment+

Total Points: 1995 pts
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Adam Turner – Sons of Behemat

Adam came second with four wins from five and 100 points.

Allegiance: Sons of Behemat
Subfaction:
Army Type: Taker Tribe
Grand Strategy: Beast Master
Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
———-
Kraken-Eater (General) (490 pts)*
– Command Trait: Extremely Intimidating
Kraken-Eater (490 pts)**
– Artefact: Vial of Manticore Venom
Gatebreaker (525 pts)*
– Artefact: Amulet of Destiny
Warstomper (470 pts)**
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Flaming Weapon

Core Battalions
———-
*Bosses of the Stomp – Magnificent
**Bosses of the Stomp – Magnificent

Total Points: 1975 pts
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Leigh Martin – Daughters of Khaine

Leigh also managed four wins from three and claimed 100 points.

Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
Subfaction: Khailebron
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
———-
Bloodwrack Medusa (General) (120 pts)+
– Command Trait: Mistress of Illusion
– Artefact: Whisperdeath
– Spell: Mirror Dance
Bloodwrack Medusa (120 pts)+
-Spell: The Withering

Battleline
———-
Blood Stalkers (510 pts)++
– Reinforced: Twice
Blood Stalkers (340 pts)++
– Reinforced: Once
Blood Stalkers (170 pts)+
Blood Stalkers (170 pts)+
Blood Stalkers (170 pts)+
Blood Stalkers (170 pts)+

Units
———-
Khinerai Heartrenders (95 pts)+
Khainite Shadowstalkers (120 pts)++

Core Battalions
———-
Battle Regiment+
Hunters of the Heartlands++

Total Points: 1985 pts
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Solo Wargaming for your Favourite Games

I’m in the process of creating a series of Wargaming Aids which allow players to play their favourite games in a single player format against an AI controlled enemy army. To find out more on this click here.

For as little as £1 a month (the price of a chocolate bar) you can help support me in this endeavour and receive cool perks as a thank you, such as access to our Discord Server as well as downloadable copies of the gaming aids which you can print out and use at home.

Why not pop over to Patreon and sign up and help me in this project? Money raised will go towards making these as physical products.

WD148 Battle Report – Warhammer Fantasy (The Battle of Blood Keep)

The first four player battle report with forces of 3,000 points per side. The Perry Twins take on Mike McVey and Wayne England.

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Solo Wargaming for your Favourite Games

I’m in the process of creating a series of Wargaming Aids which allow players to play their favourite games in a single player format against an AI controlled enemy army. To find out more on this click here.

For as little as £1 a month (the price of a chocolate bar) you can help support me in this endeavour and receive cool perks as a thank you, such as access to our Discord Server as well as downloadable copies of the gaming aids which you can print out and use at home.

Why not pop over to Patreon and sign up and help me in this project? Money raised will go towards making these as physical products.

Writing a Tabletop Wargame – Part I

I’ve always enjoyed creating my own rules and scenarios for the games I play, and last year I jumped into writing my own ruleset for Napoleonic Wargaming called ‘Clausewitz’.

But I thought it may be fun to create a ruleset with the community which could then be hosted here on the site for free.

So what should it be? A historical game? Sci-Fi, Fantasy? Should it be Grand Tactical, skirmish level or something in between?

What about measurements? Should they be in inches, centimetres, base widths or something completely different?

As you can see there are a lot of points to consider before getting into the nitty gritty of it all. So let’s tackle the first question.

Genre

What about the genre? What should it be. Well that’s up to you all. Why not vote in the poll below that I’ll keep open until the next article and you can decide here what we work on. Of course there’s always an argument to make the game genre agnostic as well, meaning the ruleset can be used for anything….

Warhammer AoS Battleforce Boxes – How much and whats in them?

So the Battleforce boxes are back after their success in 2020. These are a fantastic way to get into a new army or even add to an existing one, but whats inside them and how many points of miniatures do you get?

The rumoured price of these is going to be:

Soulblight Gravelords: Revenant Legion£130
Lumineth Realmlords: Vanari Shining Host£130
Hedonites of Slaanesh: Sybarite Blade-Carnival£125
Adeptus Sororitas: Purgatos Mission£130

But I can tell you a way of saving even more money by purchasing these at 25% off the recommended retail price! Just visit SCN Hobby World and sign up to their mailing list for 25% off all GW products and 20% Warlord Games products.

So what do you get inside and how much would it cost you normally? All of the points and PL have been given for the basic unit options and include no upgrades.

Soulblight Gravelords – Revenant Legion

UnitPointsCost
Vengorian Lord280£39.50
5 Blood Knights195£39.50
20 Deathrattle Skeletons340£36.50
40 Deadwalker Zombies230£69.00
Total1,045£184.50
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£54.50
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50

Hedonites of Slaanesh – Sybarite Blade-Carnival

UnitPointsCost
Shardspeaker150£18.50
3 Slaangor Fiendbloods150£31.50
10 Blissbarb Archers110£31.50
5 Exalted Seekers/Slickblades/Blissbards220-230£42.00
10 Mymirdesh Painbringers/Symbraesh Twinsouls320-370£73.00
Total950-1,010£196.50
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£66.50
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50
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Lumineth Realm-Lords – Vanari Shining Host

UnitPointsCost
Vanari Auralan Wardens145£36.50
Bladelords130£36.50
Dawnriders140£39.50
Vanari Starshard Ballista125£31.50
Vanari Bannerblade120£21.00
Vanari Lord Regent155£34.50
Total815£199.50
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£69.50
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50

Ossiarch Bonereapers – Mortisan Tithe-Echelon

UnitPointsCost
Mortisan Boneshaper135£17.50
Mortisan Soulreaper115£17.50
20 Mortek Guard280£35.00
3 Necropolis Stalkers/Immortis Guard180-190£30.00
Githizzar Harvester215£30.00
Mortek Crawler215£50.00
Total1,140-1,150£180.00
Predicted RRP£125.00
Saving£55.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£93.75

So what do you think good value or not? Will you be picking up a set?

Warhammer 40k Battleforce Boxes – How much and whats in them?

So the Battleforce boxes are back after their success in 2020. These are a fantastic way to get into a new army or even add to an existing one, but whats inside them and how many points of miniatures do you get?

The rumoured price of these is going to be:

Space Marines: Shieldbreaker Strike Force£130
Necrons: Worldscour Legion£130
Orks: Killdakka Warband£125
Adeptus Sororitas: Purgatos Mission£130
Adeptus Mechanicus: Omnissiah’s Talon£125
Death Guard: Plaguefester Warband£125

But I can tell you a way of saving even more money by purchasing these at 25% off the recommended retail price! Just visit SCN Hobby World and sign up to their mailing list for 25% off all GW products and 20% Warlord Games products.

So what do you get inside and how much would it cost you normally? All of the points and PL have been given for the basic unit options and include no upgrades.

Space Marines – Shieldbreaker Strike Force

The Shieldbreaker Battleforce Box
UnitPLPointsCost
Primaris Captain590£22.50
Bladeguard Veterans5105£31.50
Intercessors10200£35.00
Assault Intercessors10190£36.50
Heavy Intercessors7140£39.50
Storm Speeder8-9135-160£42.00
Total45-46860-885£207.00
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£77.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50

Adepta Sororitas – Purgatos Mission

UnitPLPointsCost
Sister Dogmata465£21.00
Celestian Sacresants370£34.50
Battle Sisters6110£35.00
Immolator7130£45.00
Exorcist9180£50.00
Total29555£185.00
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£55.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50

Adeptus Mechanicus – Omnissiah’s Talon

UnitPLPointsCost
Pteraxii485£35.00
Ruststalkers495£30.00
Serberys260£35.00
Ironstrider Ballistarii475£32.50
Skitarii Rangers490£27.50
Tech-Priest Manipulus480£22.50
Total22485£182.50
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£60.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50
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Death Guard – PlagueFester Warband

UnitPLPointsCost
Plague Marine Champion21£17.50
Plague Marine Icon Bearer31£17.50
Plague Marines12147£30.00
Deathshroud Bodyguard7150£35.00
Myphitic Blight-Haulers21420£45.00
Plagueburst Crawler9175£40.00
Total49944£185.00
Predicted RRP£125.00
Saving£60.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£93.75

Necron – Worldscour Legion

UnitPLPointsCost
Psychomancer Cryptek470£21.00
Necron Warriors with Scarabs8175£29.00
Lokhust Heavy Destroyer460£21.00
Ophydian Destroyers5105£34.50
Flayed Ones3165£31.50
2x Canoptek Doomstalkers14280£53.00
Total38755£190.00
Predicted RRP£130.00
Saving£60.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£97.50

Orks – KillDakka Warband

UnitPLPointsCost
Nobz685£20.00
20 Boyz* 8160£63.00
Gretchin250£12.50
Deffkilla Wartrike7125£30.00
Big Mek with Shokk Attack Gun7120£22.50
Dakkajet8150£45.00
Total38690£193.00
Predicted RRP£125.00
Saving£68.00
SCN Hobby World Price (25% Off)£93.75
*Based on price of Kruleboyz Gutrippas Sprue

So what do you think good value or not? Will you be picking up a set?

Woehammer Staff Painting Competition

So as well as the public painting competition (where you can win a Start Collecting or Combat Patrol box of your choice, courtesy of SCN Hobby World), we’re also running a mini painting competition for those here at Woehammer.

But I need your help! Below are all the entries to our competition (without names to remove any possible bias), I’m going to post a poll on Twitter on which model you think deserves to walk away with prize. But you can also vote on your favourites below which will be added to the scores. Vote for that which brings you joy!

Here are the entries:

Cartoon Pin-Up

This model has had the cartoon or cell-shaded method used on it where the artists has lined in black and then painted the areas between. Pulled off to perfection.

Jakkob Bugman XI

This particular artist has been painting for nearly two years now, but has the skills of someone who has been painting for ten times that long. Take a moment to enjoy the bear in the window on the rear of the back pack.

Imperial Fist Captain

An experienced artist who has put every detail into the model with water effects, zenithal highlighting and weathering. There are so many details to see with this model from the chipping on the black trims around the shoulder pads, to the details on the cloak to the water effects on the boots!

Howling Griffons Captain

Another artist who has been painting for only a couple of years and has gone town with an excellent water effects base and glowing power sword. I love the idea of this Captain leading his troops on some kind of water planet scourging the xenos ahead of them.

Calas Typhus

Another experienced artist who took particular care on the base and weathering and lots of wet blending.

Ork Beastsnagga Warboss

A model with rage and violence in abundance, look at all that blood flowing from the sword! With warpaint, a headless primaris and as I mntioned… lots of blood whats not to love about this mini?

Rogue Trader Collection – V

Following on from last week’s post, I’ve not been able to get too much done painting wise. However a couple of pieces have arrived to enable me to do a quick dry fit mock up.

Is this a good layout?

As you can see I’ve had a bear rug delivered from a seller on Etsy (apologies I can’t recall the seller). And I’ve had a name plaque delivered from Versatile Terrain.

I’m more than happy with the name plaque which will get painted up and placed on the side of the plinth once that arrives from Green Stuff World. The bear however….. I’m not as keen on. It feels a little too large for the scene. Especially if I’m going to try and include a wall in the background. Also the print quality isn’t great.

I’m tempted at this stage to remove the rug from the equation.

While I’m here I wanted to give a massive shout out to fellow club member Steve Milford who sold me some metal rogue trader models you see below. But who also threw in some of the lovely plastic original space marines from the RTB1 set. Very generous!

Rogue Trader Imperial Bike – I think this is part of RT106 “Vincent Blackshadow”
Rogue Trader era terminator (I recognise this, but can’t pin point the exact code, it may be slightly later than RT).
I believe this was a Squat from the RT03 set named “Owen Garano” (1987)
RTB1 Marines

So what to do with these? The marines will be stripped and then painted up as Crimson Fists (may need to source a couple of arms and a boltgun). The terminator I’m going to to try and track down what set it belongs to before committing it to a paint scheme, however it may also end up as a Crimson Fist.

The Squat will get painted up and placed on a 25mm scenic base of some sort to wait for the rest of his brothers from that set who’ll then also be displayed on a plinth at some point.

I’m hoping that I’ll have the Imperial Commander sorted by next week (as long as the remaining parts arrive) at which point I can start thinking about which of the models to do next (yeah, it’ll be the land speeder).

My Second Solo Game of AoS

This is my second test game of my Solo Gaming System for AoS. Last weeks post is here.

The Army Lists

Sons of Behemat

Allegiance: Sons of Behemat
Subfaction:
Army Type: Taker Tribe
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
———-
Kraken-Eater (General) (490 pts)
– Command Trait: Very Acquisitive
Kraken-Eater (490 pts)
– Artefact: Net of the Beast-reaver
Gatebreaker (525 pts)
Warstomper (470 pts)
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Flaming Weapon

Total Points: 1975 pts
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Kruleboyz

Allegiance: Orruk Warclans
Subfaction: Big Yellers
Army Type: Kruleboyz
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
———-
Gobsprakk (General) (300 pts)
– Spell: Choking Mist
Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105 pts)
– Artefact: Eye-biter Ash
– Spell: Nasty Hex
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (315 pts)
Killaboss with Stab-Grot (110 pts)

Battleline
———-
Man-skewer Boltboyz (120 pts)
Man-skewer Boltboyz (360 pts)
– Reinforced: Twice
Gutrippaz (360 pts)
– Reinforced: Once

Units
———-
Rippa’s Snarlfangs (Ally) (70 pts)
Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150 pts)
Hobgrot Slittaz (80 pts)

Total Points: 1970 pts
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Gobsprakk looked across the clearing towards the lumbering behemoths in the distance.

“Iz everywun in pozishun?”

“Yes, Boss” said Gollock leader of this particular tribe of Big Yellers. “Da boyz iz hidin’ in da suroundin’ trees ready ta pounce and send dese longshanks back to where dayz came from.”

“Good, ‘cos I wontz one of dese big gitz wiv us. An to do dat we have ta catch one rightz?! So no killin’ all of ’em!”

Luckily for the Kruleboyz, the Battleplan was the Vice

Deployment as viewed from the players side, The rolls for the AI meant that only one objective was initially held.
The Sons deployment

Sons finished deploying first and gave the first turn to the Kruleboyz.

Kruleboyz Turn 1 (Ferocious Advance)

No shooting this turn as everything was out of range, so I took the opportunity to claim the Ferocious Advance battle tactic advancing the Sludgeraker, Man-Skewers and Killaboss in the centre.

The Gutrippas and Hobgrots were kept on the objectives.

The Sludgeraker, Man-Skewers and Killaboss advance in the centre of the board.

Sons Turn 1 (Monstrous Takeover)

The sons initially drew the Ferocious advance battle tactic but as this was unachievable a second card was drawn which turned out to be Monstrous Takeover… perfect for them.

The drawn tactic card

The gargants move forwards and the two flanking gargants move to claim the objectives.

The scary sight of four mega gargants marching towards your lines

Turn 1 Summary

Sons Turn 2 (Broken Ranks)

The sons won the roll off and elected to go first. This time getting the Broken Ranks Battle Tactic

Broken Ranks

The objectives did there thing and started moving towards the centre of the board.

New objective locations
These three poor Man-Skewers found themselves to be the target of the Sons ire

One of the Kraken-Eaters hurled debris at the man-skewer smashing one underneath a mighty stone. But no other Gargants could do anything to rid themselves of the Man-Skewers.

Sons of Behemat Turn 2

Kruleboyz Turn 2 (Monstrous Takeover)

With Monstrous Takeover as my battle tactic, I chose to move Gobsprakk onto the left flank objective and moved the other units up in support of those in the centre. Making sure that the Swampcrawla and Gutrippas kept within 6″ of the objective on my right.

The Man-Skewers unleash a devastating volley on the Warstompa causing 14 wounds
Its a truly terrifying sight

Turn 2 Summary

The scores after round 2

Kruleboyz Turn 3 (Bring it Down)

The Kruleboyz won the roll off and elected to go first in this battle round. The man-skewers managed to do another 14 wounds on the Warstompa, but the sludge raker fails its charge as does Gobsprakk and so the Kruleboyz can’t quite finish the Warstompa off. Gobsprakk casts soggy bottom mists.

Kruleboyz Turn 3

Sons Turn 3 (Slay the Warlord)

The Sons draw Slay the Warlord as their battle tactic
Crunch! The Warstompa charges into Gobsprakk and utterly destroys him in single combat.
The Leaderless Kruleboyz look on in dismay as Gobsprakk is sent running by the Warstompa

Turn 3 Summary

The Sons creep ahead in the scores

Sons Turn 4 (ferocious Advance)

With the sons winning the roll off on the fourth turn, they elected to go first. The objectives are removed and a single objective takes up its position in the centre of the table.

The objective location before the turn begins
The Sons draw Ferocious advance as their Battle Tactic
The three designated units for Ferocious advance
End of movement

As the first unit finished its move within 12” of the Sludgeraker the solo wargaming rule for unit under threat kicked in;

If an ENEMY unit is within 12″ of this unit then the unit will move towards the CLOSEST ENEMY unit, shoot (if able), followed by a charge.

So it would act with the intention of destroying the Sludgeraker. The other two units were all also within 12” of enemy units and so they also acted with the unit under threat rule. This meant the Sons were unable to achieve their Battle Tactic this turn.

The Gatebreaker destroys the small Man-Skewer unit with hurled debris
While a Kraken-Eater swops his diet of Kraken for Wolf with a side of Goblins as he chows down on Rippa and his Snarlfangs
Meanwhile ‘Unleash Hell’ pays off for the large unit of Man-Skewers as they finish off the Warstompa before he reaches them
Around the objective the Sludgeraker manages to cause 15 wounds on the Kraken-Eater in the centre
But he clubs the Sludgeraker and its occupants to death in response.

Kruleboyz Turn 4 (Slay the Warlord)

The Man-Skewers seeing their position hold still and take aim at the Kraken-Eater con the objective, while the Killaboss bravely charges in.

The man-skewers work there magic again, and cause another 12 wounds, this time on the Kraken-Eater
Despite causing 4 wounds on the Kraken-Eater, the Killaboss is flattened by the Kraken-Eaters weapons.

Turn 4 Summary

Sons Turn 5 (Savage Spearhead)

The Sons draw Savage Spearhead
The Sons move to mop up the Kruleboyz
However before it can finish its charge ‘Unleash Hell’ strikes again and the Man-Skewers destroy one of the Kraken-Eater Gargants
But the remaining Kraken-Eater ignores the fate of his brother and completes the charge taking great pleasure in devouring the Man-Skewers.
Despite their diminutive size the Hobgrots somehow to 8 wounds on the Gatebreaker who flattens them in response.

Kruleboyz Turn 5 (Conquer)

With the last turn on our hands it was do or die, so I chose Conquer to try and wrestle the remaining objective from the sons.

The Kruleboyz close in
The Kruleboyz do 4 wounds on the Kraken-Eater before having 9 of their number smashed aside.
Another nine flee due to Battleshock

However that is just enough for the Kruleboyz to claim the objective having a monster and 4 other models on there against the Sons single Monster.

Game Summary

That was an extremely close game, with the game coming down to the last dice rolls. If the Kraken-Eater had killed just two more Gutrippas then I wouldn’t have been able to claim my Grand Strategy.

I’m also under no illusion that if an actual player had controlled the Sons of Behemat, they would probably have made different choices to the AI, such as committing the Gatebreaker to the centre as well rather than chase after a few unimportant Hobgrots on the flank.

But the system is working, it will need a slight tweak here and there but overall I’m very pleased with the way its working so far.

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Woeful Brush – Painting Competition

There’s only a week to go with our inaugural painting competition the Woeful Brush, sponsored by our friends at SCN Hobby World.

The winner of the competition will walk away with their choice of Combat Patrol or Start Collecting Box. You still have a week to enter as the closing date for entries is 30th November 2021.

To enter, email at least two pictures of your models to thewoehammer@gmail.com. One picture must contain a note with the email address the submission is coming from, this will prove its your own work and not that of someone else.

  • Your chosen model must be on a base no bigger than 50mm in diameter
  • Only one submission per person
  • The miniature can be from any manufacturer not just Games Workshop

Once the submissions close on the 30th November voting will begin on the website and Twitter. Once the voting is over we will contact the winner to congratulate them and ask them for their choice of start collecting or combat patrol box.

What are you waiting for, get your entries in!

Here are the entries we have received so far: